Commander is getting closer to making a decision on the long-term fate of its PC manufacturing subsidiary, Ipex, following a review of local operations.
Commander managing director, Adrian Coote, confirmed it had undertaken a tender with several third-party PC builders to benchmark Ipex factory efficiencies with the market. No definitive decision had yet been made on whether to outsource those operations, he said.
"We are looking at several options for Ipex going forward, but we have not come to a conclusion on those yet," he said. "We have been doing benchmarking as part of this process and to see whether outsourcing operations would be appropriate. The results are being assessed by our team.
"No decision has yet been made." Coote also denied any changes had been made to Ipex's factory operations or staff. Its main assembly plant is located in Victoria. Nearly 12 months ago, Coote told ARN that Commander would review Ipex to decide on how to proceed with the business going forward (http://www.arnnet.com.au/index.
php?id=1719070225). At that time, he outlined selling Ipex or outsourcing PC assembly to a third-party as options. Commander is required to offer local manufacturing under a raft of major government agency contracts.
According to ARN sources, Lenovo was one of several respondents participating in the third party tender for Ipex. A Lenovo spokesperson refused to comment on the news, citing it as "rumour and speculation".
Commander picked up the Ipex business as part of its acquisition of Volante in April last year.